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“Lucky PBL 4” collect million dollar lottery prize

They all have connections to the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district. And yesterday (Thurs), they labeled themselves "the Lucky PBL 4."

John Overstreet, Diana Hale, Martha Gentes and Jim Carley met with Illinois lottery officials for an official presentation of a $1 million Powerball prize.

The four winners share the prize, which is $250,000 each before taxes. The four have played the lottery together for about four years. It was a 3-month Powerball online subscription that proved to be a winner November 23rd.

All of them kept it a secret

The winning numbers matched the first five winning numbers: 5, 12, 43, 52 and 55.

Thursday's announcement by lottery officials was at the PBL high school, where all four winners have been employed. Reports said it was the first time the winners and friends had been together since the numbers were drawn.

94.1 WGFA

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Winter Weather - Update 1-2-14 8:35 pm

THE NATL WEATHER SVC IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BLOWING & DRIFTING SNOW.WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM CST FRI TO 9 AM CST SATURDAY.

* TIMING.BLOWING & DRIFTING SNOW BEGINNING FRI AFTERNOON.
CONSIDERABLE BLOWING & DRIFTING SNOW WITH BLIZZARD LIKE CONDITIONS FRI EVENING THROUGH EARLY SAT MORNING.

* IMPACTS.WINDS SHIFT TO THE SO. FRI MORNING WITH SPEEDS APPROACHING 20 TO 25 MPH & GUSTS NEAR 35 MPH. THIS WILL CREATE CONSIDERABLE BLOWING & DRIFTING OF SNOW WITH VISIBILITIES REDUCED TO NEAR ZERO AT TIMES.MAINLY IN OPEN & RURAL AREAS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO STRONG WINDS BLOWING SNOW AROUND. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING.ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.

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Milford coach, Spezia, hurt in crash

Milford High School basketball coach John Spezia was injured in a traffic crash over the holiday period. The 63-year-old coach was air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana after initial treatment at the Carle-Hoopeston Regional Hospital.

A condition report from Carle Hospital was not available.

The accident happened Tuesday in Hoopeston. Police report it was a two-vehicle crash.

Hoopeston Police report the crash occurred in the 900 block of South Dixie Highway, just south of the Route 1 and 9 intersection. A second driver, 69-year-old Richard Samet of Hoopeston, was not injured.

Police say Samet was driving a pickup truck and was attempting a turn into a business lot when Spezia's vehicle was hit.

94.1 WGFA

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NWS says prep for bitter cold, more snow

If the snow wasn't enough, new comes more snow and brutal cold temperatures.

The National Weather Service says very cold arctic air is moving into Illiana. And the weather won't be going away too soon either. Several more inches of snow is possible Saturday night into Sunday.

Tonight's lows are expected to be at -5 with wind chills at -15. Friday's high temps will only be 16 with a wind chill at -17. Westerly winds will reach 20 mph.

Snow fall amounts between Champaign and Kankakee range from 2.5 to over 5 inches in Kankakee. And additional snowfall could be 5-8 inches in the Champaign-Danville area.

Other reports call for may be another two inches.

More extreme cold weather is likely next week too.

94.1 WGFA

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Winter Weather Advisory > Illinois & Indiana

.WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST AM THURSDAY.

* STEADIER SNOW STARTED FALLING AROUND 5:30 PM AND CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT.

* ACCUMULATION.TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 2 TO 5 INCHES.

LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL BE AN ISSUE IN NORTHWEST INDIANA INTO THURSDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS & LIMITED VISIBILITIES.& USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

94.1 WGFA, NWS